Liz Schaeffer reports in The Greenville Pioneer
that the Greenville Board of Education will once again hear opinions about whether to adopt an Alternative Veterans‟Exemption. It will be the fourth year in a row the board has discussed the issue, after a state law allowed partial property tax exemptions for military veterans. Approving the exemption would take away funding from the schools, and give tax money back to veterans. So taxes woould probably be raised on non-veterans to pay for the difference. Greenville schools report that, "there are 411 veterans who would qualify for a wartime exemption of 15 percent off their assessment. Of those, 120 veterans would also qualify for another 10 percent off for serving in combat and 63 who would qualify for 50 percent off their assessment for a service-related disability," according to the Pioneer. In one scenario, non-veteran taxpayers would get a 1.63 percent tax increase. “Because there is no state financial support, school districts that adopt the exemption have two choices: cut programs and services available to their students in order to accommodate the reduced revenue or raise taxes on the remaining taxpayers,” said New York State School Boards Association Senior Research Analyst Paul Heiser. Read the full story in The Greenville Pioneer.